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Iran sends second monkey in to space

Posted on Sunday, 15 December, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments

Iran have sent two monkeys in to space. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 J.M.Garg
Iran's space program took another firm step forwards this week as a second monkey was flown in to space.
President Hassan Rouhani announced that the primate, named Fargam, had successfully traveled up in to space and back again without incident. The mission is part of a series of test missions designed to pave the way for a future manned space program.

Iran had previously sent a monkey in to space back in January aboard a Pishgam rocket that reached a height of 75 miles. Controversy surrounded the animal's return however when the images released seemed to show a different animal to the one that had gone up. Officials insisted that the monkey had survived and that they'd released archive images of a candidate animal by accident.

Iran's space endeavors have also raised concerns with the international community due to the country's controversial nuclear development program. Some argue that the country could turn its space rockets in to ballistic missiles with the potential to deliver a nuclear warhead to anywhere on the planet.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)

Tags: Iran, Monkey

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh on 14 December, 2013, 15:07
Let's see them launch a probe to the moon, then we might begin to believe them.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado on 14 December, 2013, 15:18
Women can't obtain a passport without the consent of a male relative but monkeys can fly around Space? Way to go, Iran!
Comment icon #3 Posted by LEGIONS on 14 December, 2013, 16:21
See El..the truth is always more interesting....why do those women flock to those A$$holes anyway
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 14 December, 2013, 21:31
See El..the truth is always more interesting....why do those women flock to those A$$holes anyway I think I may be mistaken though. Apologies to my Persian friends and apologies for posting off-topic.
Comment icon #5 Posted by highdesert50 on 15 December, 2013, 14:30
We can always argue the negatives, but, for the moment, let us congratulate the Iranians on attaining a notable feat.
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 15 December, 2013, 20:40
I think I may be mistaken though. Apologies to my Persian friends and apologies for posting off-topic. No worries... they truly deserve that slam.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 15 December, 2013, 23:51
Iran, I've had it with your monkey business. Yeah, okay. That was weak.
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 16 December, 2013, 14:19
Comment icon #9 Posted by WillSoMysterious on 19 December, 2013, 23:16
I hate that humans send monkeys into space, send your own effin' species to test if its safe or not you hairless freaks! (P.S. I'm a monkey).

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